DIAL – DIAL EP
Record Label: Robotic Empire
Release Date: June 9th, 2009
DIAL is a seriously creepy band from New Zealand who plays music in the vein of pg.99 and Ultra Dolphins which can official be labeled “screamo”, but you know, not the uber-lame type of screamo (aka no guy-liner.)
How is it?
Awesome! In fact, my only complaint with the disc is that it’s too damn short! At five songs and less than 20 minutes, the EP’s like a teaser that makes you really want to hear a full length from these guys (which I’m sure would be maybe 30 minutes long.) There’s a lot of promise here, a lot of authentic rage and hair-raising, suspenseful, arpegiated fury (arpegiated is a word now). Very cool progressions like the one that opens “Permanent Opium War” comprise chords you’ve never heard of and a steady drone that never really goes away. The slow stomp of tracks like “Silent Holy War” can best be summarized as “evil”. There are mathy elements all over the place, but the main focus is the mood and the power of a well-executed discord or two. Really good stuff. Simple, yes, but totally uncompromising.
01. If You’re Not Battling, You’re Dead
02. Holy Silent War
03. Always At The Border
05. Permanent Opium War
Recommended If You Like:
Fatal Flying Guiloteens, pg.99, Stop It!